Mumtaz Khokhar is an award-winning mixed media textured artist, and art educator. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Mumtaz has called Steveston (Richmond) home for more than 30 years. She has received the Art Educator Award for the City of Richmond (2016) and was invited to be part of the ‘Arts Awards’ committee for the City of Richmond in subsequent years. Mumtaz has spent more than 20 years of her career working with and teaching art to people with disabilities, designing tools and modifying art programs, enabling them to be able to create with or without assistance. Her students/artists have successfully participated in many artshows, the Inclusion Art show, Finn Slough Art show and the City Hall Art Show annually, as a celebration of diversity, strength, pride, talent and many have won many awards. Through her work as an arts educator, Mumtaz successfully coordinated, designed and painted “Pianos on the Street’, with over 25 adults with disabilties and support staff.
As a trained papier mache artist, Mumtaz has developed her artistic practice over time from papier mache to a broad range of mediums with focus on nature and the environment. Mumtaz’s career as an artist and designer began by designing toys with her mother, using recycled and repurposed materials for low income families and institutions. A person of many talents, she designed clothes. as well as terrarium bottle gardens before expanding her practice to include, painting, designing mosaics, driftwood jewellery art, woodworking and clay art. When painting she sees art in 3D and is fascinated by the many colours and textures found in nature. Mumtaz continues to create, teach, and share her art, and the art of others throughout her community, sharing her love for animals, nature, art and the creative process with the people around her, sharing the talents and abilities of diverse multicultural people in her community, and her love for the natural beauty of the place we live in.